It's all a little pointless. With our cap situation and all our overpaid valueless vets, we're not going to trade for anyone. It would involve moving someone of current or future potential to clear cap space and Ken won't do that. Even trading someone like Smith wouldn't work. We could get someone who's better NOW, but he'll likely have a higher salary than Smith. So yeah no trades this season
Look every weed dealer in the country knows its bad business model to take from your profits only to give them to a money hole. Lets say I can buy an oz of grass for $200, and I CAN sell it for $300. lets say I have 15 oz and every one is profitable. Thats $1500 profit.
Now same deal, but I buy 30 oz at $200 and half of them only sell for $150. Now I only make a profit of $750 on the whole 30 oz deal, whereas I was making twice as much with less product to sell. (someone check my mathematics haha)
It's the same with the NHL. If there are teams bringing down the bottom line of the entire league and the owners are OK with this, then I just can't have any sympathy for them for issues like these. And if every drug dealer in America knows this then why can't a lawyer and a bunch of billionaire owners figure it out?
EDIT: And for the people bitching about the locations & time zones of the games, you want the entire world to revolve around the 4.7 % of its population living in the US & Canada, just because you are slightly inconvenienced at having to watch a Hockey game?? Get F***ing Real!! That's honestly one of the most Elitist things I've ever heard!
Growing the sport long term. Growing new markets. Etc. etc.
I gotta say I think Team USA, Team Sweden, and Team Canada look stacked, on paper anyway. Especially the two North American teams. Those rosters look like they can score and throw some weight around. Sweden looks super skilled.
Russia has a great top 6, but IMO the rest of the team looks pretty mediocre, aside from the goaltending.
Finland looks weak after all their injuries.
Rest of the bigger teams look ok, just not that deep.
Hey sorry to pose this question here but since we're on the subject where do you guys see these griffins games? I wouldn't mind checking them out to see our prospects play and how miserably slow Sammy still is.
I lived in Grand Rapids for a few years and caught the games every Thursday (Thursday is dollar dog/beer night) (there's a nostalgic Larry Murphy fan deep within my soul)
But yeah, as far as I kno, that's the only way to catch up on the games
Took him with our second 3rd rounder, #79 overall, last year.
He's already quickly climbing up the prospect rankings. Red Wings Central has him listed as our #16 prospect now (Just below Nastasiuk and Athanasiou, and just above our first pick from 2012 Frk)
Apparently he's tearing Sweden up offensively. Can shoot, pass, great vision, always wants the puck, high intensity, never stops moving his feet. Only knock is he apparently needs to work on his defensive game, his faceoffs, and his physical strength (though he's already over 190 lbs).
Those first 4 picks from last year are starting to look like genius by Holland and co. Mantha, Nastasiuk, Bertuzzi, and Janmark are all suddenly tearing it up this year. I'm particularly enjoying this because of the people around here who said that, after Mantha, we had horrible picks.
Your forwards can't score a lot of goals when your D-men can't get a pass out of the zone
Smith - leads our D-men in give aways (38) Kindl is #2 with 29
Kindl - leads our D-men in missed shots (45) 1.4% shooting percentage
Kronwall - Ericsson
Loser - DeKeyser
Loser - Loser
If you can't generate offense you have to shut down the D zone. Smith, Kindl, Quincey, Lashoff don't play big D, they don't block a ton of shots, they don't lay a ton of hits, they are at the moment worthless.
Fun Fact: Quincey is our only D-man who sees significant TOI that has more take-aways than give-aways (25 TKA, 23 GVA)